attractive, alluring, or tempting: an inviting offer.

Origin of inviting

First recorded in 1580–90; invite + -ing2
Related formsin·vit·ing·ly, adverbin·vit·ing·ness, noun


[verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt]

verb (used with object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.
to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.
to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.

verb (used without object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.


Informal. an invitation.

Origin of invite

First recorded in 1525–35, invite is from the Latin word invītāre
Related formsin·vi·tee [in-vi-tee, -vahy-] /ˌɪn vɪˈti, -vaɪ-/, nounin·vit·er, in·vi·tor, nounpre·in·vite, verb (used with object), pre·in·vit·ed, pre·in·vit·ing.qua·si-in·vit·ed, adjectivere·in·vite, verb, re·in·vit·ed, re·in·vit·ing.self-in·vit·ed, adjectiveun·in·vit·ed, adjective

Synonyms for invite

1. bid. 2. solicit. 5. lure, draw.

Synonym study

1. See call. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inviting

Contemporary Examples of inviting

Historical Examples of inviting

  • It was the marshal calling to them that Andrew was gone and inviting them in to finish him.

  • There was self-assertion, but not of the antagonistic—solely of the inviting sort.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Beyond Schwitter's the highroad stretched, broad and inviting, across the State.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I knew that she was inviting me to follow her, but I refused to move.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • He bent forward a little, with the air of inviting a confidence.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for inviting



tempting; alluring; attractive
Derived Formsinvitingly, adverbinvitingness, noun


verb (ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)

to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc)he invited them to dinner
to make a request for, esp publicly or formallyto invite applications
to bring on or provoke; give occasion foryou invite disaster by your actions
to welcome or tempt

noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)

an informal word for invitation
Derived Formsinviter, noun

Word Origin for invite

C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in- ² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of
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Word Origin and History for inviting

"attractive, alluring," c.1600, from present participle of invite (v.).



1530s, a back-formation from invitation, or else from Middle French inviter (5c.), from Latin invitare. As a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s. Related: Invited; inviting.



1650s, from invite (v.).

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